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BSH in the Circular Economy.

In order to preserve our planet and its resources, we must think in longer-term and more sustainable dimensions than ever before. BSH is in the process of transforming the classic linear economic model into a circular system. This is associated with numerous - often fundamental - changes affecting the manufacturing of our products, their usage and their take-back and recycling. BSH is driving this development forward in order to offer consumers high quality products that are as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible.

For BSH, realizing the idea of circularity means:

  • From a one-way-road “Production - Use - Disposal”
  • To a closed cycle “Production - Use - Repair - Remanufacturing - Reuse - Recycling”
Circular Economy

Design & Production

BSH appliances designed for circularity:

- have a long lifetime, are easy to repair and can be reused,
- are made of recyclates and bio-based plastics,
- have a minimum consumption of energy and water.

Global production programs in the factories aim for the improvement of resource efficiency and the reduction of BSH’s carbon dioxide footprint.

Circular Economy

Own - Lease or Share

New, complementary offers open up new possibilities for more resource-efficient use of products.

Precise adaptation to different and actual living conditions and consumer needs.

Circular Economy

Use

As a Hardware+ company, BSH offers digital services, which open up new opportunities for improving resource efficiency:

- longer lifetime through preventive maintenance,
- avoid downtime of appliances,
- automatic reordering of washing or dishwashing detergent and its ideal dosage,
- information on the condition of the device enables targeted reprocessing for reuse.

Circular Economy

Return & Refurbishment

Returned appliances are processed to a high standard for a possible new use. The data collected during the use phase are the basis for the replacement of stressed components.

Circular Economy

Recycling

By reclaiming raw materials from spent appliances and waste (urban mining) as well as complete recycling, BSH secures the basis for its circular business.

Sustainability as Corporate Culture.

For more than 50 years now, the company has been developing innovative products that improve the quality of life for people across the globe. BSH is convinced that its successful history is in large part the result of how we act responsibly toward society and our planet.

To date, BSH has been able to achieve the greatest ecological impact in the use phase of our energy-efficient appliances and through efficiency improvements in production, logistics and administration. For example, the energy-efficient appliances contribute specifically to continuously decreasing energy consumption and cost savings in the home and to a reduction in CO2 emissions. This is as good for consumers’ wallets as it is for the environment. Moreover, BSH was able to reduce the specific resource consumption in production, logistics and administration by 25 percent between 2010 and 2015. For these efforts, the German Energy Agency (dena) recognized BSH in 2014 with the “Energy Efficiency Award”.

The focus on a closed-loop system will integrate these successful pillars of production and use phase into an overall concept that will help to have an even more positive impact on the environment.

Facts and Figures.

  • 35

    less Specific Water and Energy Consumption

    saved Water and Energy Consumption between 2010 and 2018.

  • 30.7 million kWh

    savings for Energy Consumption

    energy saved through energy efficiency projects between 2015 and 2018.

  • 75000 tons

    saved CO2 Emissions

    saved CO2 Emissions between 2010 and 2018 with renewable energies.

Certifications for Production and Environmental Protection.

BSH's globally established environmental management stands for efficient and environmentally-compatible production methods. It is also the foundation for the safety and health of our employees, and the commitment to quality of our brands. "An integrated product policy and consistent product responsibility mean that only manufacturers who consider production and usage aspects right from the development stage, and about disposal during the purchasing process can vouch for the overall quality and environmental compatibility of their products." BSH practices this principle by taking full account of all product-related aspects and life cycle phases during the development of its products. A design change, for example, must not give rise to any additional environmental impact during manufacture. Regular certification of development and production processes according to ISO 14001 (environmental protection) and ISO 50001 (energy) contributes to the good reputation of the company and the products among customers, suppliers and the general public.

Sites certified according to ISO 14001 / 50001

All BSH factories are certified according to the international ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems. All production sites in the European Union and our site in Turkey were already certified in accordance with the ISO 50001 standard.

  • We are working continuously to improve our environmental performance and energy efficiency, by reducing the energy and water consumption and the use of resources during the entire life-cycle of our appliances and our properties.
  • We are committed to fulfil our compliance obligations.
  • We will take all necessary measures to prevent environmental damage and waste of energy.
  • We ensure by appropriate environmental and energy management that our policy is effectively implemented. The necessary financial and structural conditions are ensured under economic aspects of the company.
  • Acting in an environment-friendly and energy-conscious manner is one of the tasks of all employees. The managers promote environmental awareness at all levels.
  • We expect our contractual partners to act in accordance with equivalent environmental and energy guidelines.
  • We work together cooperatively with the competent authorities.
  • We inform the public about the activities and impacts of the company and our environmental and energy-related services. We give our customers notes to the environmentally sound use of our products.
  • Through regular audits, we check how our technical and organizational procedures affect the environment and the energy consumption. The audits aim to continuously develop and improve these procedures.

Design for Environment.

We develop and manufacture our products in a way that ensures they are safe, environmentally friendly and economical. Our products do not endanger the health and safety of people, and they consciously minimize the environmental impact during the entire life cycle, including recycling and disposal.

To achieve this goal, we consciously avoid critical substances in new products and exclude hazardous substances from our supply chain.

The environmental compatibility of products is an important aspect throughout the entire product life cycle. This also applies to minimizing the follow-on costs when disposing of old appliances. The local BSH sales organizations adhere strictly to the applicable legal requirements in this respect.

Our life cycle observations clearly indicate that environmental impact is higher during the usage phase than in the other phases of a product life cycle due to energy, water and detergent consumption. That's why BSH gives top priority to developing energy-efficient and water-conserving appliances.

BSH observes legal obligations in relation to substance restrictions. It also makes sure that specific hazardous substances classed as harmful to health and the environment, and hence undesirable in home appliances, are avoided – even if no statutory substance restrictions are in force. The basic prerequisite for recycling management is that only clean materials are used – materials without critical additives or heavy metals. In terms of product design, BSH is therefore breaking new ground to close the material cycle and protect important and valuable resources for further use. Furthermore, BSH promotes environmentally-compatible recycling technology through standardization. The aim is to exclude hazardous substances and recover valuable materials from old appliances.

Recycled plastic materials and bio-based materials do not yet have the same technical properties as the new plastic products currently in use. Nevertheless, BSH is examining possible applications of recycled and bio-based materials in various pre-development projects in the product divisions and assessing them in terms of costs and competitive advantages. The aim is to be able to replace crude oil-based plastics in the long term.

Information on Critical Substances

According to Art. 33.1 of the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006

BSH is conscious of its responsibility to the environment and society – a responsibility that is enshrined in the company's Corporate Principles.

The aim of BSH's environmental policy has always been to fully eliminate especially critical substances in the supply chain as quickly as possible as a precautionary measure. Therefore we do our own research and work closely and regularly with suppliers. These are obligated under Article 33 of the REACH Regulation to provide information concerning substances of very high concern in their products, if those substances are listed in the candidate list and are contained in a concentration of more than 0.1% by weight in products or components.

Substances with notification duties in appliances of BSH:

  • Lead, CAS No. 7439-92-1 may be contained in any home appliance in steel, in aluminium and copper alloys, in high melting temperature type solders, in glass or ceramic of electrical and electronic components as well as in printing inks for the application of enamels on glasses.
  • 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-ditertpentylphenol (UV-328), CAS No. 25973-55-1 in displays of EQ.3 automatic bean-to-cup coffee machines with product designations TI303503DE, TI303203RW, TI305506DE, TI305206RW, TI313519DE, TI313219RW, TIS30351DE, TIS30321RW and TI303803CN.
  • 1,2-dimethoxyethane (EGDME), CAS No. 110-71-4, in Lithium button cells: in personal and analytical scales, in the filter change indicator of Tassimo capsule machines, in the wireless sensor for induction cooktops.
  • 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate (DOTE), CAS No. 15571-58-1, 4,4‘-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A), CAS-No. 80-05-7, and Lead titanium zirconium oxide, CAS-No. 12626-81-2, in wine storage cabinets with product designations RW404261, RW404761, RW402261 and RW424260 produced until April 2018.

When appliances are used as intended and properly disposed of, their inherent substances do not pose a risk to health and the environment.

(Information for consumers under REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006; Munich, August 2018; link to candidate list: https://echa.europa.eu/de/candidate-list-table)

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